Fattoush salad with pita bread and herbs

Servings: 4
Preparation time: 60min
Active time: 45min
Total time: 1h 45min

1 large romaine lettuce
3 firm ripe mid-size tomatoes
1/2 bunch parsley
1 carrot or cucumber optional
4 spring green onions
6 sprigs mint
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice (more or less to taste) or 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
1/2 tsp salt (more or less to taste)
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp sumac
4 pieces of pitta bread


Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F).

1.  Cut the bread into small 2½ cm (1 inch) pieces and place on a baking tray and toast in the oven for 5-10 minutes until crisp and light brown. Set aside.

2. Put lettuce into a mixing bowl with the herbs and the other vegetables.

3. In a separate small bowl make the dressing; mix all the liquids and spices.

3. Cover and chill both for at least 1 hour before serving.

4. The dressing and bread are added and mixed in just before serving to prevent wilting of the lettuce and softening of the bread.